Solutions…

‘Setting riddles is much easier than solving them.’

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… “What a strange planet! Only three people attempted to solve my riddle. Where I come from people solve three riddles every morning before sitting down to first breakfast.”

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The ‘High School’ Solution…

The clue in the poem is that the poem as a whole does not make sense. The individual lines make sense but the sense of the individual lines is not picked up by successive lines and does not follow through to the end of the poem.

Also, we may notice that two of the lines are identical.

The lines alone then are significant and as students of calligraphy will be aware initial words and especially letters are often deemed most important because the start of anything inevitably colours its conclusion.

The first words of each line then with letters emboldened.

Dark… About… Lost… Great… Ever… Traversing… Yonder

Back… After… Yonder.

Dalgety Bay is in Scotland, or as we prefer North Albion.

The story of our sojourn there is told in, Lands of Exile: But ‘n’ Ben.

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The ‘Graduate School’ Solution…

The clue in the poem is the very clunky ‘over there’.

If something is over there, then ‘we’ must be here.

Presence though, like time, involves Set Theory.

So even ‘over there’ is still here for us.

But then ‘here’ is always the answer to the question ‘Where were we?” or, ‘Where are we?’

Except, when we die  and we become ‘Not here,’ or ‘No longer here,’ because not, or no longer, heard.

But maybe, if we listen very hard, the ‘not here’ or ‘no longer here,’ may, actually, be heard.

They may still be here?

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The ‘Post Graduate’ Solution…

“What’s a slug?”

“A snail without its shell.”

“What’s a snail?”

“A slug with its shell.”

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‘Setting riddles is much easier than solving them.’

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(All photographs – Sue Vincent)

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